Graduate Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies)

Course 069-EV (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Graduate Enquiries, Arts & Music Student Centre Rm 104 (Ground Floor) Old Arts Building Tel: +61 3 8344 5321/+61 3 8344 6395 Fax: +61 3 9347 0424 Email:
Course Overview:

The graduate diploma is similar to an undergraduate major and offers a comprehensive program of study in environmental studies. The course is suitable for general interest or professional development purposes and does not require a research project or thesis. Graduates are provided with a pathway to higher degree study and may qualify for entry to the postgraduate diploma. The course is designed for graduates who did not major in environmental subjects in their degree but who now wish to do so, and for professional people who may wish to upgrade their qualifications in the environmental area. The course aims to provide basic instruction in areas of environmental studies that lead to an understanding of the environment, sustainability and the social forces that affect the environment.

Course coordinator:
Dr Peter Christoff
School of Social and Environmental Enquiry


Students who complete the graduate diploma should have an understanding of:

  • the ecological and physical principles of a range of environmental systems;
  • basic theory and methods appropriate to understanding how these systems can change;
  • the environmental and social forces that can affect change in natural and built environments;
  • different perceptions of the environment and nature;
  • environmental valuation and rational approaches to evaluating conflicting valuations;
  • the economic potential of the environment and how the environment affects, and is affected by, development;
  • field, laboratory and other ways of measuring environmental capacity and change.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • one compulsory subject
  • a minimum of three core subjects
  • two elective subjects
Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

Note: All students are advised to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their subject selection prior to enrolment at the Faculty Office.

Subject Options: Compulsory subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Core subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2008
Not offered in 2008
Semester 2
Elective subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Note: A fourth year level subject available at the University of Melbourne but not listed above may be approved as an elective, if prerequisites are satisfied, with the approval of the course coordinator.
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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